Household spending in Australia grew  0.1% over the past year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Robert Ewing, ABS head of business statistics, noted a slowdown in annual spending growth, with May's 0.1% increase following a 2.2% rise in the previous 12 months ending in April.

The growth was predominantly driven by increased spending on non-discretionary items such as health services and food, which saw a 1.8% rise compared to the previous year.

Queensland experienced the largest increase in spending at 2.2%, followed by South Australia at 0.8%, attributed to higher expenditures on health and miscellaneous goods and services like child care and professional services.